September 29, 2009
As it turns out, there will be two NFL quarterbacks surrounded by overwhelming hype, fawning announcers and media-whoring nonsense next Monday night: Brett Favre(notes) on ESPN, and Ben Roethlisberger(notes) on USA. Roethlisberger will serve as a guest host on WWE's Monday Night Raw.
Large Benjamin will call the shots on Raw for a week; making matches, creating stipulations and maybe throwing a flying clothesline at a bad guy or two. The WWE brings in a different celebrity every week for the job. Shaquille O'Neal's done it, Jeremy Piven's done it, Bob Barker's done it and Reverend Al Sharpton did it last night.
In a move that took me by surprise a bit, Ben Roethlisberger's doing it, in-season. Maybe it could benefit the Steelers, though. Maybe we'll hear him say something along these lines: "COMING UP TONIGHT! It's the BIG SHOW! Against MARK HENRY! On Raw, in a LUMBERJACK MATCH ... and in a special stipulation, the winner starts at left tackle FOR THE STEELERS NEXT WEEK!"
Here's more, from the WWE themselves:
Next week's special guest host for Monday Night Raw is no stranger to pressure situations and making snap decisions.
Just hours after leading the Pittsburgh Steelers against the San Diego Chargers, Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the defending NFL Super Bowl Champions, will guest host Monday Night Raw at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., this Monday.
And he's not coming alone. Roethlisberger, the youngest Super Bowl winning quarterback in NFL history, will be bringing protection in the form of his Steelers' offensive line teammates to Wilkes-Barre.
"Snap decisions." Whoever wrote that has obviously never seen Roethlisberger drop back and hold onto the ball for 45 seconds.
Anyway, if you come back for our weekly Monday Night Live Blog, I offer you this promise: We'll have our usual coverage of the Favre-fest on ESPN and bonus coverage of Ben Roethlisberger piledriving his way through Raw. It should make for quite an evening.
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